For a weird Hollywood guy, Matthew McConaughey gives some pretty amazing speeches.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big McConaughey fan.
I seriously love that guy.
But there ain’t no denying that he’s a bit weird.
There was that time that he was arrested in 1999 in the wee hours of the morning for disturbing the peace. He had been dancing around naked and playing the bongos while high on marijuana. In 2013, he told GQ that he still plays the bongos naked — but he now does it with the curtains closed.
With all his weirdness, he says some pretty sensible things.
When he won his Best Actor Oscar in 2014, he said his hero is ‘himself in 10 years.’ That might initially sound ridiculous, but he explains that it always gives him something to strive for and to better himself.
But this motivational speech is absolute gold.
We’ve all got two wolves in us — a good one, and a bad one, and they both want to eat. The best I can tell is that we just gotta feed that good one a little more than the other one.
Happiness is an emotional response to an outcome. If I win, I will be happy, if I don’t, I won’t. It’s an if/then, cause and effect, quid pro quo standard that we cannot sustain because we immediately raise it every time we attain it. Happiness demands a certain outcome. It is result reliant. I say that if happiness is what you’re after, then you’re going to be let down frequently and you’re going to be unhappy much of your time. Joy, though — joy’s a different thing. It’s something else. Joy is not a choice. It’s not a response to some result. It’s a consant. Joy is the feeling that we have when we are doing what we are fashioned to do, no matter the outcome.
And that’s only the beginning…
Watch McConaughey’s solid advice here:
That was amazing and much-needed in our present culture.
We need to take responsibility, we need to police ourselves and be able to live with who we are.
We need to be more grateful, we need to be thankful.
That’s absolutely right.
by Doug Giles
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